Play, Edit, and Print Functions
Input and Output Notes
LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot G15 has a 3" TFT color
LCD monitor featuring a resolution of approximately 922,000 dots. The monitor
has a 100% picture coverage. The high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear
picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions
especially convenient. You can
manually adjust the LCD monitor's brightness.
Viewfinder: The digital camera also features a real-image
optical viewfinder with approximately 80% coverage. The
viewfinder has a diopter so you can adjust it to your eyesight.
Canon's HS System: The Powershot G15 employs the HS
System by combining the 12.1 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor with the new DIGIC 5 Image
Processor to produce spectacular images with minimal noise:
- Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera
uses a 1/1.7" CMOS image sensor with approximately 13.3-million total
pixels and 12.1-million effective pixels, giving your shots added depth and
- Image Processor: The G15 features
Canon's latest generation DIGIC 5 Image Processor. The new processor has a
faster processing speed for faster continuous shooting capability. Improved
noise reduction produces clearer images when shooting in low light at high
Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving
images with stereo audio on SD (2 GB or less), SDHC (2-32 GB), and SDXC (over 32
GB) Memory Cards. The G15 is also compatible with some Eye-Fi cards.
File Formats: The G15 records still images and movies in the following
- JPEG: JPEG images are processed inside the camera for
optimum image quality and compressed. There are two compression ratios to
choose from: Fine and SuperFine. You can record JPEG images in Large, Medium 1,
Medium 2, and Small in 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1, and 4:5 aspect ratios.
- RAW: The RAW file format records the image data
as captured by the camera imaging element without further processing. The images
show almost no deterioration in image quality, and are a higher quality than
JPEG images. To view RAW images on your computer, you must use the supplied
software (Digital Photo Professional). Using the software's image processing
function, you can broadly adjust the images without deterioration, and then
convert the image to a JPEG, TIFF, or other type of image in line with your
intended use. You can choose to record RAW files or JPEG files alone, or you can
record RAW files and JPEG files simultaneously. RAW images can be recorded in
the same resolution as the Large JPEG images in any of the five aspect
- Movies: Movies can be recorded in High Definition or Standard
Definition with stereo sound in MOV format: Image Data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264;
Audio Data: Linear PCM. HD Movies are recorded at 1920 x 1080 at 24 frames
per second and 1280 x 720 at 30 fps. SD Movies are recorded at 640 x 480 at 30 fps.
Recording will automatically stop when the clip size reaches 4 GB, or when
the recording time reaches 30 minutes (HD) or 1 hour (SD).
Wide-Angle 4x Optical Zoom Lens: The PowerShot G15 is equipped with an
f/1.8-f/2.8, 5x Optical Zoom lens with a focal length of 6.1-30.5mm
(35mm film equivalent: 28-140mm. The 4x digital zoom extends the
camera's telephoto capabilities to a
total zoom of 20x. The focusing range differs depending upon the focusing mode:
- Auto: 0.4" to infinity (W), 1.3' to infinity
- Normal: 2" to infinity (W), 1.3' to infinity
- Macro: 0.4" to 1.6' (W)
- Manual Focus: 0.4" to infinity, 1.3' to infinity
Digital Tele-Converter: Using the built-in Digital Tele-Converter, you
can increase the focal length of the lens by approximately 1.5x or 2.0x. The
focal length when using the 1.5x digital tele-converter is 42-210mm. When
using the 2.0x tele-converter, the focal length is 56.280mm. The Digital
Tele-Converter cannot be used together with the digital zoom.
Preset Focal Lengths (Step Zoom): You can shoot at preset focal lengths
of 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 100mm, or 140mm. This feature allows you to shoot at
the angle of view of those focal lengths.
Front Dial: The G15 has a pro-style Front Dial similar to
the ones found on Canon EOS Digital SLRs. The Front Dial can be set to control
shooting parameters, including focus, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, step zoom,
exposure compensation, white balance, i-Contrast, and aspect ratio.
Optical Image Stabilizer: Optical (lens shift type) Image
Stabilization allows you to minimize the camera shake which results in blurred
images when you shoot distant subjects that have been magnified or when you
shoot in dark conditions. Intelligent Image Stabilization (Intelligent IS)
automatically selects one of six modes of image stabilization depending upon the
- Still Images: Image stabilization for still images
- Still Images (Panning): Image stabilization for still images,
when you follow subjects horizontally or vertically with the camera
- Hybrid IS: Image stabilization for macro shots
- Dynamic IS: Image stabilization for movies, reducing strong
camera shake as when shooting while walking.
- Powered IS: Image stabilization for subtle camera shake, such as
when shooting movies at telephoto.
- IS Off: No image stabilization, because the camera is mounted on
a tripod, or held still by other means.
Intelligent Contrast Correction: The i-Contrast (Intelligent
Contrast Correction) system controls the compensation level in pixel units to
brighten dark areas while leaving bright areas unchanged for better images where
the main subject is dark, and more natural transition. The PowerShot G15 can
even use i-Contrast in playback mode to adjust images that were shot without the
Face Detection: The PowerShot G15 offers Face Detection
- Face AiAF: The camera detects people's faces and sets the focus,
exposure (evaluative metering only), and white balance (Auto WB only). One
face is judged to be the main subject, and the frame around that face will
follow the subject within a certain range.
- Face Select: You can choose a specific person's face to focus on,
and then shoot. If the face chosen by the camera as the main subject is not
the face you wish to focus on, you can move the face frame to another face.
Once you have chosen the face, the camera will focus on that face when you
press the shutter halfway.
Blink Detection: The G15 provides a visible indicator on its LCD
screen, if the camera detects the possibility that someone has shut his or her
AF Frame Modes: You can change the AF frame mode to match
the scene you want to shoot. You can choose from the following:
- FlexiZone/Center: A single AF frame can be moved manually
from the center to the
desired area (FlexiZone), making sure the focus is exactly where you want
- Face AiAF: The camera automatically detects the
position of a face and uses the data to set the focus, exposure (evaluative
metering only) and white balance (auto).
- Tracking AF: You can choose the subject you want to focus on and
shoot. If the subject moves, it will be tracked within a certain range
within the frame.
Magnify Focal Point: You
can push the shutter-button halfway to magnify the AF frame and check the focus.
Servo AF: The Servo AF retains focus on a moving subject
after the shutter button is pressed halfway. This allows you to wait for the
perfect shot without having to refocus.
AF-Assist Beam: The AF-assist beam will sometimes emit when the shutter button is pressed
halfway to assist focusing in certain conditions, i.e. dark conditions. The
AF-assist beam can be turned off. If animals are your subject, turn off the beam
when shooting in the dark to avoid startling them.
Focus Lock: If it becomes difficult to focus on the subject
due to low contrast to the surroundings, close up and far away subjects in the
same shot, or quickly moving subjects, you can choose to lock the focus or auto
focus on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after
recomposing the shot.
Focus Bracketing: The camera automatically takes three shots; one at
the manual focus position, and one each with focus positions preset farther and
nearer. The three shots are taken at the same interval as continuous shooting.
The farther and nearer focus positions can be set in three steps.
Drive Modes: The Canon PowerShot G15 features
Single, Continuous, Self-Timer Drive modes:
- Single Shot: The digital camera captures a single image
each time the shutter button is fully pressed and released.
- Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use this mode to
shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. There are
- Continuous: records approximately 2.1 images per
second, focus is fixed on the original subject distance
- Continuous AF (auto focus): records approximately
0.9 images per second, focus adjusts as needed
- Continuous LV (live view): records approximately
0.9 images per second, focus is fixed at a manual setting
- Self-Timer: The self-timer can be used to shoot a group
photo that includes the photographer. The camera will activate approximately
10 seconds after a preset time after shutter button is pressed to allow the
photographer time to get into the shot. A 2-second self timer is also
available if you want to avoid camera shake. The camera features a
custom self timer, allowing you to set the time delay (0-10, 15, 20, or 30
seconds) and the number of shots taken (1-10 shots). In addition, the camera
features a Wink Self-Timer (shoots 2 seconds after a wink is detected), and
a Face Self-Timer (shoots 2 seconds after the camera detects a new face in
the frame, presumably when the photographer has entered the picture).
High-Speed Burst: In addition to the Continuous Shooting
mode described above, the camera's High-speed Continuous Shooting (High-speed
Burst HQ) lets you shoot a series of shots in rapid succession by holding the
shutter button all the way down. In this mode, you can shoot up to 10 continuous
shots in one burst at approximately 10 shots per second. Focus, image
brightness, and color are determined by the first shot.
Shooting Modes: Using the Mode Dial on the top of the
camera, you can select from numerous shooting modes:
- Smart Auto: Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your
situation and shooting conditions, and automatically selects an
- Program AE (P): The
camera automatically sets both the aperture and the shutter speed.
- Shutter Speed Priority (Tv): When you set the shutter speed, the camera sets the
aperture according to shooting conditions. The shutter speed can be set
between 1/4000 and 15 seconds.
- Aperture Priority (Av): When you set the aperture, the camera sets the shutter speed
according to shooting conditions. The aperture can be set between f/1.8 and
f/8 (wide angle) and f/2.8 and f/8 (telephoto), depending upon the zoom
- Manual (M): The aperture and the shutter speed are
- Scene Modes: Appropriate settings for specific scenes and shooting conditions.
- Custom Modes (C1/C2): You can register commonly used
shooting modes and settings to your preference. These can be stored under C1
or C2 on the Mode Dial.
- Creative Filters: You can add a variety of effects to
images when shooting. Filters include Super Vivid, Poster Effect, High
Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera
Effect, Monochrome, Color Accent, and Color Swap.
- Movie Digest: You can make a short movie of a day just
by shooting still images. Before each shot, the camera will automatically
record a movie clip of the scene. Each clip recorded that day is combined
into a single file.
- Movies: allows you to set the camera for standard or
iFrame movies, and configure the settings. The camera has a dedicated movie
button to start and stop movie recording.
Exposure Compensation: When shooting against a bright
or dark background, you may
need to correct the exposure so that the subject is correctly lit. You can
adjust the exposure from -3 to +3 in 1/3-stop increments, using the dial on the
top of the camera.
Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set
the exposure and focus separately. This is effective when the contrast is too
strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit.
Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): In this mode, the camera automatically changes the exposure within a set range
to take three shots at the same interval as continuous shooting. The images are
shot in the following order: standard exposure, underexposure, and
Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering
- Evaluative: Used for standard conditions. The area
within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based
on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting.
- Center-Weighted Averaging: Averages the exposure from
the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center.
- Spot: Meters the area within the spot AE point at the
center of the LCD monitor.
ISO Settings: The PowerShot G15 features Auto and Manual ISO,
adjustable using the ISO dial on the top of the camera. The higher the ISO, the
greater it reduces
the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations. ISO speed
settings can be adjusted in 1/3 EV increments. The settings include 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000,
1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800, or Auto.
Built-In Flash: The PowerShot G15 has a built-in flash. Using
the control dial, you can select Auto (flash fires in low light), On (flash
always fires), Slow-Synchro (flash timing is adjusted to slow shutter speeds) or Off (flash doesn't fire). The built-in flash has a range of
1.6' to 23' in Wide Angle and 1.6' to 15' in Telephoto. You can adjust the
flash output (3 levels) and flash exposure compensation (+/-2 stops in 1/3 stop
increments). In the menu, you
can add the following flash functions when the flash is set to On or Auto:
- Red-Eye Correction: You can automatically correct red-eye that
occurs in images taken with the flash.
- Red-Eye Reduction: The red-eye reduction lamp lights in
order to reduce the red-eye effect that occurs when shooting in dark
conditions with the flash.
ND Filter: The ND
filter reduces light intensity to 1/8 (3-stops) of the actual level, allowing
for slower shutter speeds and smaller aperture values. Use of a tripod is
recommended with the slower shutter speeds to prevent camera shake.
White Balance: You
can choose from the following white balance settings:
- Auto: The camera sets the white balance automatically according to shooting
- Daylight: For
recording outdoors on a bright day.
- Cloudy: For
recording under overcast, shady or twilight skies.
- Tungsten: For recording under tungsten and bulb-type 3-wavelength fluorescent lighting.
- Fluorescent: For recording under warm-white, cool-white or warm-white (3-wavelength)
H: For recording under daylight
fluorescent, or daylight fluorescent-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent
- Flash: For when recording with the flash.
- Underwater: Underwater sets the optimum white balance for taking
pictures underwater; reducing blue tones to produce natural, vibrant hues.
- Custom: Allows
you to manually set the white balance and store the settings.
My Colors: Using My Colors you can easily
change colors in an image when it's taken. My Colors offers several options:
- Vivid: emphasizes contrast and color
saturation to record bold colors
- Neutral: tones down contrast and color
saturation to record neutral hues
- Sepia: brownish tint
- B/W: black and white
- Positive Film: makes blue, green or red colors more intense
- Lighter Skin Tone: makes skin tones lighter
- Darker Skin Tone: makes skin tones darker
- Vivid Blue: emphasizes blue tint
- Vivid Green: emphasizes green tint
- Vivid Red: emphasizes red tint
Color: manually adjust the contrast,
sharpness, and color saturation
- My Colors Off: records normally with
Display Overlays: You can display a variety of guides and
overlays in the viewfinder or LCD to aid you in shooting images. These include
shooting information, grid lines, an electronic level, and a histogram.
Wind Filter: The Wind Filter suppresses noise during audio recording
when the wind is strong.
Optional Accessories: There are numerous Canon accessories
that can be attached to the G15 camera:
- Flash Units: You can attach an external flash unit to the
camera's hot shoe. Available flash units include the Speedlite
- Macro Lites: The ring around the lens is removable,
allowing you to attach macro lites such as the MR-14EX Macro Ring Lite and the
MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite. The LA-DC58L Conversion Lens adapter, OC-E3 Off Camera
Shoe, and BKT-DC1 Bracket are required to mount the macro lites.
- Lens Filters: You can add 58mm filters to the lens if desired.
(The FA-DC58B Filter Adapter is required for attaching a 58mm filter.)
Play, Edit, and Print
Review: After an image is recorded, it will appear in the
LCD monitor for a preset number of seconds for reviewing. You can select the
review time from 2 to 10 seconds. It will also display until you press the
shutter button halfway to focus your next shot.
Focus Check Display: Focus Check display allows you to check
the focus of image taken and allows you to easily check facial expressions and
whether a subject's eyes are closed. This feature can be set to allow you to
check the focus of an image taken right after shooting the subject.
My Category: You can organize images in specific categories,
and display them in a filtered playback. You can also protect or delete images
Jump Images: When you have a lot of images recorded onto a
memory card, you can use the Jump feature to speed up your search for the image
you want to view. You can choose from the following categories:
- Favorites: displays images tagged as favorites
- Shot Date: displays the images shot on a specified
- Jump 10 Images: jumps over 10 images at a time
- Jump 100 Images: jumps over 100 images at a time
Index Replay: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, 36, or
100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that
you can search for an image quickly.
When viewing a still picture in Single Image Replay mode, you can magnify the
image up to approximately 10x. You can also maneuver around in the magnified
picture by using the multi-purpose control dial.
Rotating Images: You can rotate an image by 90° or 270° clockwise in the LCD monitor.
Slide Show: Images stored on a memory card can
automatically be displayed one-by-one using the Slide Show function. Each image
displays for approximately 3-10, 15, 30 seconds. You can choose between six transition
effects (fade, bubble, cross, scroll, letterbox, slide), or without transition.
Movie Playback: In addition to normal playback of your video
clips the camera features slow-motion, fast-forward, rewind and frame-by-frame
Trimming: You can trim a
portion of a recorded image and save it as a new image file.
You can also trim the beginnings and ends of recorded movies in one-second
Resizing Images: You can resize images to a lower
pixel setting and save the resized image as a separate file.
Images: The protect feature allows you
to protect important images from accidental erasure.
PictBridge/Direct Print: Using
the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible
printer of any brand, or a Canon printer that
supports the Direct Print function. You can also connect the camera directly to
certain Canon Bubble Jet printers. In this way, you can make prints directly
from the camera without having to connect it to a computer.
Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot G15 powered by the
supplied NB-10L rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack (7.4V / 920mAh / 6.8Wh). The battery
pack can be charged in the supplied CB-2LC battery charger in
approximately 1 hours and 50 minutes. For long periods of continuous use, or when
connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the
optional ACK-DC80 AC adapter kit. The typical performance of the battery is
||Screen On: Approx 350 shots
|Screen Off: Approx. 770 shots
||Screen On: Approx. 1 hour 10 min
||Screen On: Approx. 2 hours
||Screen On: Approx. 7 hours
Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the
following power saving functions:
- Auto Power Down for Shooting Mode: Camera powers down
approximately 2 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera.
The LCD monitor automatically turns off 1 minute after the last control is
accessed even if Auto Power Down is set to off.
- Auto Power Down for Playback Mode and Connection to a Printer: The camera power down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera.
Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate
during a Slide-Show or while the camera is connected to a computer.
and Output Notes
Digital/AV Output Terminal: The PowerShot G15 has a Mini-B USB 2.0
Hi-Speed terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or
compatible printer. There is no USB cable included. An optional
USB cable must be obtained in order to load images to your computer or
printer. The camera's Mini-B USB 2.0 output also
allows you to connect the camera to a TV or video monitor with a RCA audio and
composite video input jacks using the optional AVC-DC400ST stereo AV cable. You can set
the video output to NTSC or PAL.
HDMI Output: The PowerShot G15 features a mini-HDMI (Type
C) output for
connecting the camera to your HDTV. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable, such as the Canon
HTC-100, is required.
Remote In: The PowerShot G15 features a 2.5mm sub-mini input
for connecting the optional Canon
RS-60E3 Wired Remote Switch (sold separately).
The remote prevents camera shake when taking photographs using
a tripod, such as when taking close-ups or long-exposure photographs.
DC In: The camera features a DC input for optional AC power
adapter (ACK-DC80, sold separately).
Included Software: The PowerShot G15 includes the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver.127.0
CD-ROM. It contains the following programs:
- ImageBrowser EX 1.0: manage images transferred to a
computer (view, edit, and print)
- CameraWindow DC 8.9: transfer images to and from camera, organize
images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
- Digital Photo Professional 3.12: process, adjust, and
convert RAW image data to a JPEG or TIFF file
- PhotoStitch 3.1/3.2: use to merge still images to make
- User Guides: Camera User Guide, Software Guide
- Windows: Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista
(SP2), Windows XP (SP3)
- Macintosh: Mac OS X v.10.6-10.7